January 31, 2013

Another Empty Bedroom

Just as she was getting interesting.
She got the ring yesterday.
Now it's all hysterical planning until THE DAY.

Maybe now I'll get my man cave...

January 30, 2013

It's Hard Being A Queen

I was rather surprised when I stumbled across this site detailing the sordid activities of some of the world's most beautiful females. Every single one of these women are former beauty queens who have experienced some difficulty living up to their crowns. Some have been convicted of theft, prostitution, drug dealing, even  murder. Here's a sample.

Mrs. New Jersey 2005
Bad Checks

Miss Maryland 2004
 Narcotics Trafficking

Miss USA 1991
Porn Star

Miss Washington 2000

Upstate New York

Jeff Foxworthy on Upstate New York

you consider it a sport to gather your food by
drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there
all day hoping that the food will swim by,
you might live in Upstate New York..

you're proud that your region makes the national
news 96 nights a year because Saranac Lake is
the coldest spot in the nation, and Syracuse
gets more snow than any other major city in the
US, you might live in Upstate, NY.

your local Dairy Queen is closed from October
through May, you might live in Upstate New York.

you get 131 inches of snow in a
week and you comment that 'winter's finally
here', you might live near Oswego in Upstate New

you instinctively walk like a penguin for six
months out of the year, you might live, bundled
up, in Upstate New York.

someone in a Home Depot store offers you
assistance, and they don't work there,
you might live in Upstate NY.

you have worn shorts and a parka on the same
day, you might live in Upstate New York..

you have had a lengthy phone conversation with
someone who dialed a wrong number, you might
live in Upstate New York.


"Vacation" means going South past
Syracuse for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit a deer...
more than once.

You often switch from "heat" to
"A/C" in the same day and back again.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow
during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

You install security lights on your
house and garage and leave both unlocked.

You carry jumper cables in your car and
your girlfriend/wife knows how to use them.

You design your kid's Halloween costume
to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because
the potholes are filled with snow.

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still
winter, and road construction.

You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

Down South to you means Corning.

Your neighbor throws a party to
celebrate his new shed.

You go out for a
fish fry every Friday.

Your 4th of July picnic was moved
indoors due to frost.

You have more miles on your snow
blower than your car.

You find 10 degrees "a little chilly"
and 55 is shorts weather

For the past four years we hunt on private property in the Town of Frankfort. It is a farm owed by a women who wants to harvest as many deer as possible because she is sick and tired of hitting them with her car.

I do not ice fish.

During our January Thaw the kids up at SU go running around in bathing suits.

After one 36 hour snowstorm I started clearing my front porch with the snow shovel held above my shoulders.

January 29, 2013

Woman In Combat: Perspective Of A Woman Who Was In Combat

There is no "I told ya so!" to this story. Women who volunteer for the armed services have the same love of country, dedication and commitment as men and are a valuable resource. What follows is a blunt, honest appraisal of a women's role in combat and the long-term risks involved. This was written by Marine Corps Capt Katie Petronio.
[...] I was a motivated, resilient second lieutenant when I deployed to Iraq for 10 months, traveling across the Marine area of operations (AO) and participating in numerous combat operations. Yet, due to the excessive amount of time I spent in full combat load, I was diagnosed with a severe case of restless leg syndrome. My spine had compressed on nerves in my lower back causing neuropathy which compounded the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. While this injury has certainly not been enjoyable, Iraq was a pleasant experience compared to the experiences I endured during my deployment to Afghanistan. [...]The physical strain of enduring combat operations and the stress of being responsible for the lives and well-being of such a young group in an extremely kinetic environment were compounded by lack of sleep, which ultimately took a physical toll on my body that I couldn’t have foreseen.

[...] At the end of the 7-month deployment, and the construction of 18 PBs later, I had lost 17 pounds and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (which personally resulted in infertility, but is not a genetic trend in my family), which was brought on by the chemical and physical changes endured during deployment. Regardless of my deteriorating physical stature, I was extremely successful during both of my combat tours, serving beside my infantry brethren and gaining the respect of every unit I supported. Regardless, I can say with 100 percent assurance that despite my accomplishments, there is no way I could endure the physical demands of the infantrymen whom I worked beside as their combat load and constant deployment cycle would leave me facing medical separation long before the option of retirement. I understand that everyone is affected differently; however, I am confident that should the Marine Corps attempt to fully integrate women into the infantry, we as an institution are going to experience a colossal increase in crippling and career-ending medical conditions for females [emphasis mine ~ sig94].

[...] For those who dictate policy, changing the current restrictions associated with women in the infantry may not seem significant to the way the Marine Corps operates. I vehemently disagree; this potential change will rock the foundation of our Corps for the worse and will weaken what has been since 1775 the world’s most lethal fighting force.
H/T Wintery Knight

January 28, 2013

Scouting Is Simply Fabulous!

There soon may be another way to get a hot wiener in your tent.

Sharing a sleeping bag on a chilly night is about to get a lot more interesting.

CNN reports
on the possibility of the Village Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a news release from the organization.

The organization, which has 2.7 million members, is "potentially discussing" doing away with its national policy after months of protest, including hundreds of angry Eagle Scouts renouncing their hard-earned awards and mailing back their red-white-and-blue medals.

Many parents of Scouts across America found the national policy excluding gays confusing -- and at odds with basic scouting ideals.
I never knew buggery and table place setting were basic scouting ideals. What's the Merit Badges for those?

January 27, 2013

$75,000 Hug

Both the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons teams went nuts when he made the shot. More than anyone else, they know how hard it is to do this. Nice work fella!